Cosme

4.4
2351 reviews
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Contemporary Mexican
Cosme is a restaurant in New York City’s Flatiron District serving contemporary Mexican-inspired cuisine. World-renowned Chef Enrique Olvera and his team create dishes rooted in Mexican flavors and traditions, while also celebrating local and seasonal ingredients from the Hudson Valley and surrounding region. Adjacent to the main dining room is a separate bar area where guests can enjoy the full menu in a lively atmosphere. Cosme’s beverage program focuses on artisanal spirits and mirrors its cuisine, letting the high quality ingredients shine.
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The Infatuation
8.7

Cosme is an upscale Mexican restaurant in Flatiron that’s much more approachable than it appears to be.

Ratings 8.5-9.0:Now we’re in the range of absolutely excellent restaurants that you might go to more than once a year/lifetime. These restaurants tend to define a city, and make up the places that you absolutely cannot miss if you want to have any credibility as a restaurant-informed person in a major metropolis.
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Mexico City
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

Hostess terrible ! Alimentos muy buenos y de buena calidad , meseros súper amables

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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 5

We wanted to love Cosme. The food was fantastic until we found a hair in one of the dishes. We were ready to overlook it but our server apologized once then carried on the night with terrible service. A fire alarm went off mid way thru our meal and no one came over to explain what was going on. The table next to us contemplated leaving until they flagged down a server to ask what was going on. No one was alerted to the problem otherwise. Then we waited 30 minutes before a different server (not our original) asked us if we need another round of drinks. Overall very bad experience which was a shame because we loved the food. Not worth $300+ bill.

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Richmond
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing but expensive. Very small tapas portions; one plate is barely enough for two. The Duck Carnitas is a large dish and shareable. Solid dish with layers of flavor and you can dial up the heat as appropriate. A great place to check a box but could never see making this place a regular stop.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cosme is always a reliable spot for great food, service and an experience.

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AM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was delicious and everything on the menu is interesting and different. However, portions are so small that you have to order a high number of dishes which makes it a very expensive experience.

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Mexico City
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excelente presentación y sabor de todos los platillos, especialmente el cordero con mango y en los postes el Caramelized cacao butter, pistachio sorbet, raspberries y Husk meringue, corn mousse.

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New York Area
32 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 2

While the food itself is excellent, the atmosphere is like an exceptionally loud and crowded W hotel lobby from the early 2000's, while the service falls well below what you would expect at these prices - more in line with a diner. At one point a plate with a small amount of rice in mole sauce ($32) was placed on the table with no silverware, later no knife was provided for a pork chop. The menu itself makes little sense - main courses come with no sides and their are no sides to order, just $30 small salads. Disappointing wine list if you're not looking to spend hundreds.

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CK
New England
28 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The food was just ok, not surprisingly good. A bit too noisy in the restaurant

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

We have dined at Cosme since their grand opening.
The ambiance and atmosphere are very nice but unfortunately the portion sizes are considerably smaller while the prices have dramatically increased.
You are essentially paying entree prices for tapas portions and the meal just isn’t worth the price.

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a
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The food is actually quite good, although I found it to be overpriced. Essentially $100 for duck tacos, even if they are meant for two, just doesn't seem right, even in New York. They were good, but not that good. The wine list was also not very extensive, and when ordering by glass the portions were on the smaller side - if you are going to charge $25 for a decent but not great wine, you should at least be more generous with the portions. They also had a non-existent beer list. The only IPA that they served was sold out when we got there at 7:45. This shouldn't happen. The service was also fairly disorganized and there were long periods of time when no one came to refill our water or ask us if we wanted another drink. This restaurant has some potential, but they need to address these problems at the very least. If they want to be a high end restaurant, which they seem to want to do, they need to learn how to do things at a high level. Overall this was a disappointing experience and I would not recommend it to a friend.

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C
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

I’d made a reservation for a birthday dinner 30 days in advance to get the right time. Last minute a business trip forced me to cancel the reservation. I got another for another night but a later time. I included a request for an earlier time if possible on special notes on the reservation. No acknowledgement from Cosme. I called multiple times. No one picks up the phone. I went 2.5 hours early to ask again. Had drinks early with a request even for bar seats earlier if possible. After being told by the hostess she’d tell the bar tender to give us 2 seats if they opened, and after hearing the hostess be told 2 people had a reservation at 8 but wanted to stay seated at the bar, we were ignored. The waiter getting us wine at a bar high top said pay attention to the wine. I’ll deal with the table later. Three people left the bar seats and we were not able to get those seats.walk ins got them. We finally got seated 15 minutes early and the staff did not help get drinks to the table. With all the winter gear, I couldn’t carry the wine. It was tossed. Our new waiter did bring another glass so kudos to him. Bottom line, for such a “nice” restaurant there is much lacking in terms of fine service. I’ve been to Cosme a number of times, sat at the bar (yup, those infamous bar stools are tricky), and it’s always been wonderful. Special occasions? Never again. We were surprised at how unimpressive the care is they gave to us. Extremely disappointing. We can go many places for those prices and I’d rather go where we are shown care. The food is beautiful, though I feel they keep getting smaller!! And the vibe is there. But too many missed opportunities to make the night a little special.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Ive been to cosme 3 years ago. The food quality has decreased dramatically. Dont order the FISH WRAPPED IN A LEAF ( it was dry possibly smaller then a 2 oz portion and overpriced) uni taco and sruffed avocado was off from
Their menu which didnt make sense as these were the dishes they become popular for

Also it was my boyfriends birthday, i requested a birthday cake surprise and the manager confirmed my request via email, and the waiter didnt know anything about the occasion. He offered us the dessert menu post dinner. So my whole surprise got destroyed not that the mains (fish and the pork arrived to our table very cold)

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RC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fantastic dining experience! Duck carnitas were amazing!!

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j
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Way overpriced - duck carnitas for $98 - are you kidding! Absolutely not even close to being worth price. Also, the guacamole is better at Chipotle!

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Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

To be ranked on the world top 50 we expected the quality of the food, service and ambiance to be on par with others on the list we have visited (Alinea and Saison). This was a far cry from either of those. The signature dish - duck carnitas - was good but not mind-blowing good. When ordering wine with the first course after cocktails, the wine came after we finished the course and didn't actually get what we ordered. To be fair, the waiter removed the two glasses of wine from the bill and comped us an additional appetizer.

If it were any other restaurant these sort of misteps it would be ok. The overall meal would be good - albeit over priced for what it was - but just not what you expect from such an acclaimed restaurant.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was a special Birthday

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V
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great and unusual flavors

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding as always. This time new additions to the menu were amazing.
Services is great and very friendly.
Cannot be any better Mexican cuisine in NYC.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

One of the better vibes in NYC and great food. Unfortunate that the service was consistenly poor throughout the night otherwise it would have been one of my absolute favorite spots in the city.

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EP
Toronto
16 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

One dish was too spicy to eat. Server acknowledged they had a problem with that dish.
Should have told us and not suggested it.

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CS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Visually stunning restaurant and plates. Actual food and service was very so and so, and certainly not worth the price.

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MJ
New York Area
114 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 5

I may be the only person on the planet who doesn't think this place is fabulous. The guac was outstanding in every way but past that I found the prawn tostada unappealing to look at and almost unedible and other courses just meh. So really disappointed I don't mind paying for good food but this was not good. Maybe an off day but at those prices I am not going back.

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London
32 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Could have had a bit more attention to whether we were happy with our drinks (they come out a bit slow too). But doesn't distract from the food was absolutely great. Ambiance more suited for a more intimate friend gathering - noise level was a bit too much for business.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dining experience. My girlfriend recommended and was truly impressed.

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G
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Food was exceptional but came with exceptional prices. Classic almost non-existent portion for a full entre price. I don't really understand the hype. Lamb belly was my favourite dish but after dining in NYC at restaurants like Hakkansan and Tao for less money I don't see the appeal here. Service was okay, knowledgeable but not overly friendly nor remarkably fast.

*There is a hilarious easter egg in the cocktail menu that I don't want to spoil for anyone attending but give it a good read for a good laugh ;)

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SN
New York Area
65 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

My second time at Cosme. Love the outstanding food as well as the vibe. Our experience this last time was marred by the fact that our main course came shortly after we received our appetizers. The entire experience was rushed. Hopefully this won't be the case next time.

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KS
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always an exceptional experience. The staff is amazing and they never disappoint no matter how busy or slow, 6p or 11p they are courteous and helpful. Fabiola and Michael took care of us this week at the bar and their recommendations were flawless and conversation just the right combination of playful and professional. A truly unique experience— cant recommend it enough.

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JZ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

amazing experience! waiter was very knowledgeable and explain in very good detail all our questions of the menu. Hard menu for a no meat eater though. portions of some of the dishes were small and price too high!
the beverages were really slow in coming but they were delicious!

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a
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Too noisy an atmosphere if you actually want to have a conversation.

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IM
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Cosmetic deserves its ranking as one of the 50 best restaurants in the World. That says it all.

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s
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best pork chop ever. Everything else was very good.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Some dishes very good (duck and crab). Others not good at al. We sent back the fish appetizer and the bok choy. The fish main was flavorless and disappointing.

Additionally, a restaurant should be politics-free. It’s s time to relax and enjoy your food, friends, ambiance and experience. However, having a major political, and frankly, vulgar statement (f word used) regarding the controversial wall building issue in a drink description is unnecessary, disturbing, distracting and tactless, no matter how you stand on the issue. We deal with this on a daily basis in every form of media and conversation. Dining at a restaurant should allow time to decompose.

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Incredible flavors but $70 bucks for a small pizza is crazy. Waiter told us to order 3-4 items each from the menu. We ordered 5 between the two of us and that was plenty. With one cocktail each and 5 items plus dessert, total bill with tip was $350.00 for two people. Bring your money cause you’re going to need a lot of it!

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New England
10 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 5

I went for brunch and not dinner and the menu was very different from the dinner one. The food was good but nothing out of this world. The service was quite bad.

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l
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very mixed feelings about Cosme. The service was kind (everyone says hello and goodbye) but extremely rushed. Three dishes came out together followed by our main a moment after the other three were cleared. As the dishes were very small, they didn’t take long to eat as each was only a few bites for two people. The duck carnitas (main) was a good size portion but for $98, you would hope it would be. Our very expensive meal lasted probably about 55 min. The prices are just exorbitant and while very good, it was not really reflected as a luxury meal . I’m a chef myself so I recognize the care & technique that goes into this food, the corn mousse was delicious and fun. However, overall I dont think I’d return even as a “splurge” or special occasion.

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a
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 4

The service was great and the food was very tasty. However very expensive for what it was. Given the quality of ingredients, the size of the dish, and the complexity in how it was made would expect something 2/3s the price from other places in NYC.

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice dinner. Food is awesome. A little pricey but come on, it’s high quality ingredients!

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Mexico City
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Los tacos de pavo estuvieron magnificos. Los postres dejan mucho que desear. De 5 postres, 4 me han parecido malos.

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TC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Tiny portions for $$. Came hungry, left hungrier.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

I used to love Cosme but was very disappointed with my last visit. Prices seem to have been increased substantially ($90+ for the duck tacos!!) and the service was mediocre. It was a real disappointment and I can't see going back.

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